And NO - I'm not talking about that "B-Word!" I'm talking about words like Beautiful, Bubbly & Brilliant! Jessie is all of those things and MORE! She is a truly fantastic blogging buddy and I feel very lucky to have gotten to know her better. If you haven't been over to her notorious blog... B-WORD, you need to make sure you get over there. She constantly ROCKS! And I am so grateful she came over to share with us today! So, I won't keep you waiting....Thanks for being here today Jessie! We are so excited to hear from you!
1. Hi Jessie! So... in 30 words or less, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a full-time mother, a part-time attorney, a manic writer, and a total B-Word. Or so I have been told.
2. Now tell us a little about your current WIP! (Which sounds SO awesome, BTW!)
My current WIP is a contemporary YA thriller. I got the idea for this book last year at the 2011 Storymakers Conference, when agent Sara Crowe was talking about what she was looking for in the YA market. At the time I was revising a paranormal romance set in France, and I dropped it like a hot baguette. Here's the hook for the new one:
Seventeen-year-old Ruby Rose has killer looks, killer SAT scores, and even killer taste in shoes, but only her victims know how killer she really is. Not that child rapists and murderers deserve to be called "victims."
3. And... I was lucky enough to get to look at your query - so, when do you plan to take the plunge into QueryLand? (And don't you wish QueryLand was more like Disneyland? I do!)
In some ways QueryLand is a lot like DisneyLand--if you consider the two hour waits for one stinking ride! Anyway, I hope to start querying in a few months. Maybe in March or April. Yet, I am trying to glean some of my critique partner's patience and wait until the thing is shining like a baby's butt! Where did that saying come from by the way? My baby's butt is anything but shiny!
4. What is one thing you think is important for all writers to know?
I may be a broken record with this one, but perseverance is something all writers need to learn. I remember reading Stephenie Meyers story to publication a few years back and thinking my experience could be similar. You know, first book, instance success. I now understand that I am in it for the long haul, and that is okay. I attend conferences, read writing books, devour the genre I write in looking for things the authors did so well, and I write everyday. I'll get there one day.
Now, lets throw in a few chocolate chip questions for some morsels of fun!
5. If you had could make a trip in a time machine would you go to the past or the future, and why?
I would go to the past for sure. I would be like Biff from Back to the Future and take a sports almanac with me and own the Las Vegas casinos! Just kidding. But seriously I would.
6. If you could be one literary character, who would it be? (I think I would be the MC in your book!)
I am not sure I would choose any of them. Think about it--we put our characters through every kind of hell imaginable. Katniss from Hunger Games had to kill other children. Harry Potter was an orphan tormented his whole life by a dark wizard. Juliette from my new favorite book Shatter Me, turned into a psychotic mental patient because her touch kills. But if you put a gun to my head and made me choose, I would go with Eleanor from Sense & Sensibility. I always admired her long-suffering and dignity. Her quiet strength through years of disappointment has always been a source of inspiration for me. She waited for her Edward!
7. And finally ... share one of your favorite thoughts or quotes..
My favorite quote is from Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince in English) by Antoine de Saint Exupéry. "Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." I lived in France ten years ago, and so I am fascinated with all things French--from the language to the stinky cheeses. This quote doesn't translate perfectly into English, but the meaning is universal. I think we should always be guided by our hearts. In writing, in working, in living.
Isn't she fabulous? I totally wish I could visit France. And good luck with your querying when it starts. I'm sure your MS will be polished and shiny! Thanks again for sharing with us today!